Saturday, April 11, 2015

Weekend Cooking: Harvest: Field Notes from a Far Flung Pursuit of Real Food by Max Watman

I often joke with Tai that I'm thisclose to being on an episode of Portlandia. Especially when it comes to me and food. I've walked out of restaurants based on where their bread is made. I've asked cattle ranchers to describe the feed they supply to their animals. I've gotten into lengthy discussions about eggs. I have opinions on salts. I'm often times ridiculous in my interest of food. But I have zero interest in growing my own food. I enjoy making some things from hand when I have the time but overall I buy the majority of my food from someone else. This is where Max Watman and I differ. Max is just as passionate as me about real food but he wants to grow it himself. While Harvest was a story about being involved with food, it was more than I wanted to do.

Max lives with his wife and their son in New York. He has some land but not enough to raise a steer. He does have a garden and a pizza oven. Harvest talks about how he attempts to learn how to make his own cheese, raise his own beef, make his own hot dogs, and instill those values into his son. I enjoyed learning about the different types of cheese Max tried to make but I had no interest in running into the kitchen and trying my hand. Same goes for the making of the hot dogs. Fascinating but not something I want to try.

Overall, Harvest was an interesting read. Especially for the food obsessed. Others who shared their thoughts on Harvest: Popdust, Real Food Kitchens, and The Iron You.
This is my third read for Foodies Read Challenge.

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  1. No, I'm with you. I am interested in reading about these things, but I have no desire to make my own hot dogs or raise my own beef. I live in Texas and been around steers. Not for me. :-)

  2. I can get food obsessed and love to have a veggie garden or grow herbs. Not so sure I want to get into full-fledged self-efficiency though.

  3. I'm afraid I'm not a candidate for The Good Life either! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  4. I'd like to have a little herb garden one day but that is as ambitious as I get :)

    Happy cooking,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out


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